Middle Eastern Shorts Program for Families

    June 14, 2017 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
    Global Justice Center
    225 E 26th St
    Tucson, AZ 85713

    Free Admission! This screening will take place at The Global Justice Center

    Middle Eastern Shorts Program for Young Adults



    “Part of The Loft Cinema’s Social Justice Summer, a FREE weekly series pairing films exploring important issues with talkbacks led by community experts. Wednesday nights in June and July (kicking off on May 31st) at 7:30pm. All screenings will take place at The Global Justice Center, 225 E. 26th Street, Tucson, AZ, 85713.

    Cinema is an empathy machine, and this stellar collection of short narrative and documentary films from and about the Middle East takes young people deep inside the lives of their counterparts from Iran, Syria and Yemen. Meet the children of these countries, and you’ll come away with a richer understanding of our shared bonds as the human family. All children want to laugh, to love, to learn, to find friends and fulfillment, and to live in peace. These films are in English, Farsi and Arabic, with English subtitles, and are best suited for ages 10+. The total program running times is 65 mins.

    Shirin’s Dream
    After a young girl is turned down for a part in the school play, her teacher learns a lesson about persistence and ingenuity. (Dir. by Maryam Abdoli, Iran, 2016, 15 mins., Not Rated)

    Yemeni children share their experience of being refugees as they recount what they have seen and what they miss. Youth Video Festival winner, 2017 Seattle Children’s Film Festival. (Dir. by Shatha Alghabri, 2016, Malaysia, 5 mins., Not Rated)

    The Magic Shoes
    All that Kamron, a nine-year-old Iranian immigrant, needs to fit in at his new school is a pair of Air Jordans. Just one problem – his parents won’t buy them. (Dir. by Sahand Nikoular, 2014, USA, 19 mins., Not Rated)

    I Am Aliya
    For Aliya, a Syrian refugee, life has gone still as she reflects on her experience and her hopes. (Dir. by Matic Carl, Martin Deisinger & Mojca Spik, 2016, Slovenia, 3 mins., Not Rated)

    A Year without my Parents
    When Tareq flees Syria, he leaves his family behind. In this emotionally involving documentary, he adjusts to his new life in the Netherlands and wonders about his choice. (Dir. by Els van Driel, 2015, The Netherlands, 24 mins., Not Rated)”


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    Carolyn Classen
    Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for Tucsoncitizen.com for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).


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